Rumors that List might eventually leave As the World Turns first surfaced this summer. Prior to joining the show, List had appeared in only one other project -- a 1998 film called Conjuring Aurora. Since joining As the World Turns in December 2001, List has landed a handful of primetime guest appearances as well as a role in the feature film The Greatest Game Ever Played.
Several months ago, the As the World Turns casting department put out a casting call for a character that sounded an awful lot like Lucy - but the character was given an alternate name so as not to arouse suspicion. The search is ongoing; however, there is reportedly some ambivalence among execs as to whether or not the role should be recast at this time. The exit comes as a particularly bad time for As the World Turns; List has become quite popular among viewers and her character is suddenly in the foreground as part of a front burner storyline.
List will make her final appearance on January 24.